Monday, March 23, 2009

Administration Looks to Europe for Guidance

Alexander Bernard discusses democracy in Europe. In it, Bernard covers health care, education, infrastructure, and the effects on the individual psyche, both in the young and the retired.

The human spirit does not respond well to dependence. It withers. The freedom to make choices, to succeed and stumble on our own merits, the hardiness that comes from having to rely on ourselves — these are the things that make us whole. And that, really, is the most cautionary part of this tale: Americans must resist the creeping welfare state, lest we lose not only our quintessential Americanism, but ultimately also some unquantifiable measure of our humanity.

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